Explore the most popular hiking trails in Briones Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great views, there’s parts of the trail that’s a bit muddy after the recent rain. The deer, birds, salamanders and squirrel’s made for a great hike today.

Gorgeous open vistas at the end of a “true moderate” uphill hike. The steep incline takes about half of the trail, but well worth it. If venturing after rain, trails can be very slippery. Near the end, switchbacks get challenging, especially wet. Also, remember to check your furry friends after, we had 5-10 ticks on ours after the trail.

You have to take the trail along the barb wire fence to get to the highest point.

I love taking the dog on this one, great views can be seen around every corner, and while the trail is well marked not a lot of people this time year. Even though the trail is close to Walnut Creek and Lafayette you feel miles away while traversing the ridge line. Enjoy!

maybe it was time of day but we started off around 1:30pm. clear blue sky but windy... treetops were swaying and branches were creaking as if they were going to crack off and fall down. the pine tree trail is partly closed so that was a bit confusing... we took orchard trail and went for a bit... on the left side as we were hiking up were some homes... it was like hiking in someone's backyard!

as we added more steps into the hike away from our car, it began to feel a bit eerie. while it was nice to have the whole trail to ourselves... we came upon a partly hidden wooden box behind a tree right next to the trail. it was probably the size of a large dumpster. I honestly decided at that moment that we should probably head back. we headed back to the car and called it a day... but the part of the trail we hiked was shaded, great incline, and wide enough to drive through. also saw a lot of horseshoe markings on the ground...

Great trail. Saw a few cows, great for a short pick-me-up workout. It's uphill

w A Friedman, December 2018
Steep, especially on the front end. Definitely got the heart rate up. The highlight was the baby calves and cows lounging on the trail. Loved it. About 4mi. Best in the winter during the rainy season, when things turn green.

Most of it is open grazing land. The cows are nice, but after awhile the smell gets to you. And the trails are pretty rutted. Made for challenge mud situations.

Great hike, saw a coyote! I went around 8am and spent about 4 hours there. Mostly dusty, dirt terrain. Decent amount of inclines. Lots of trees and good amount of shade in some parts. I liked this trail bc it was nice and quiet. some parts really made you feel like you were up the woods. Also there’s lots of horse poop around so watch your step! I was comfortable in a zip up sweatshirt the whole time.

So peaceful. A gorgeous time of year

Best trail ever

3 months ago

Nice trail and mostly uphill. Great workout though and getting to the top is worth it. Gorgeous views when you are able to see them. Bring plenty of water.

trail running
3 months ago

Good trail with some good climbs but the map on the app is deceiving (or I’m just horrible at directions...)! While the trail on here is called Briones crest, don’t follow all the signs for Briones crest in the park...you’ll get lost! The trail on here hops on a few other trails and doesn’t completely stick to the actual Briones crest trail.

We just this trail this morning. I’m a once a week hiker and we went as a group of 13. We did the entire red highlighted track. In the end it was more like 7.5 miles. We considered this hike...HARD as it was long and took us through several incline hills. We started at 8:04am and completed it at 11:10am. If I hiked a lot, I would agree it’s a moderate rating but if your a beginner I would say it is hard. For beginners take the Alhambra Creek path which cuts across. From the parking lot go through the gate and at the open field take the trail to the left instead of the right side and follow the dotted lines. It will still give you a workout but not as difficult. It’s still a great hike. Lots of shaded trees and a beautiful view at the top of the hill.

3 months ago

Beautiful spot. I enjoy these trails regularly, primarily the Blue Oak. Yesterday I had hiked 3:15 - 4:45pm when I returned to the parking lot to find the back window of my car smashed and items stolen from the rear compartment. EB Parks Police officer came to take a report.

Out visiting from Colorado and we were jonsin for a hike. Born and raised in the Walnut Creek area but never visited Briones before. Took a family visit to go here. Enough history...great hike. Secluded even though you are minutes from town and very easy up and town trail that meanders through the woods. Highly recommended.

Hiked this trail today with my pup (Sep 15). Great weather and had large sections of the trail where I couldn't see or hear anyone. It felt very secluded and had great views throughout, which I loved. Solid workout (~3hrs/1000 cals) and it had inclines/declines throughout. Plenty of lizards and cows. Bikers and horses on trail. Plenty of parking and $3 park entrance fee. Out in the open for majority of trail. Wear trail shoes or hiking boots.

4 months ago

Briones was my go to afternoon hiking area for a decade. Great place to take my dog out. Keep an eye out for single tracks...

Peaceful and pleasant morning walk. A bit dusty this time of the year.

Nice trail. Shade for about 50% of time

Not too many people on this trail. It is beautiful there.

6 months ago

Nice hike (loop) from Alhambra Creek station. Partially shaded, wide trails leading up to the lagoons at the top of the trail with clear views across the bay on a clear day. This is a fair weather hike.

Great hike. We went early in the morning to beat the heat (which I highly recommend). Little shade on this hike but not much tall grass so it was great for my pup. Keep dogs on leash at all times, we had some snake sightings.

Lovely trail challenging enough to feel like a good work out. If you go counterclockwise the majority of the elevation gain is done in the shade. Nice views of Mt Diablo and the East Bay.

Nice trail, very few people, dog friendly and a couple good climbs.

Moderate 1hr round trip hike when I just want to get out in open countryside but don’t have a lot of time. I’ve done this high a hundred times, in all seasons. Easy, relaxing, and pretty.

Did the Seabord to Crest loop and it was spectacular. Small creek, so many beautiful wild flowers phenomenal views. Great workout. Lots of steep up and downs. Nice trail. I would suggest staying in the trail. We took my dogs and went off trail for picnic and came out covered in nettles and ticks so that was a bit of a nuisance to have to pick off, but if you stick on the trail should be fine.

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